January 19, 2019

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Eurojust – THB network dismantled

Portuguese and Spanish judicial authorities, along with the Portuguese Judicial Police and the Spanish Guardia Civil, joined forces to dismantle an international criminal network specialised in trafficking in human beings (THB) in Spain. The criminal network, which was active in the Spanish province of Segovia, forced people into labour in agricultural fields. Eurojust contributed to the successful outcome by coordinating the actions of the national judicial and law enforcement authorities. The Portuguese Criminal Investigation Department of Coimbra (Departamento de investigação e ação penal de Coimbra) initiated and organised the investigation. Eurojust facilitated the investigation by coordinating and supporting the Spanish…

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Franco-German Treaty with UN ambitions

President Macron and Chancellor Dr. Merkel – Picture by European Union Paris/Berlin – French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel are due to sign a new cooperation treaty on 22 January to further strengthen Franco-German collaborations in the run-up to next year´s EU elections. The two leaders, both of whom have been enfeebled in domestic politics, shall meet in the city of Aachen to ink an accord “which will strengthen the already close ties between Germany and France” according to a statement by the Élysée Palace. Merkel´s spokesman Steffen Seibert said the eurozone´s two biggest economies “want to…

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Allegation of Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo

OPCW  Statement on Allegation of Chemical Weapons Use in Aleppo, Syria on 24 November, 2018 The Hague, Netherlands — 8 January 2019 — On 24 November 2018, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) received information pertaining to an allegation of chemical weapons use in Aleppo, Syrian Arab Republic, and began monitoring the situation. The Director-General of the OPCW, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, informed OPCW Member States of the allegation and invited all parties that may have information to share it with the OPCW Technical Secretariat. In early December, an advanced team was deployed to Syria to collect…

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Édouard Philippe in Bonn and Köln

Ambassador Anne-Marie Descôtes, PM Édouard Philippe and Premier Armin Laschet – Picture by Land NRW, Mark Hermenau. Thursday, 10 January 2019, Bonn/Köln, NRW, Germany: Premier of NRW Armin Laschet received France’s head of government, Édouard Philippe  at Bonn’s Palais La Redoute for a discussion on bilateral issues, and likewise cultural affairs as Premier Laschet is since 1 January 2019 serves as German Plenipotentiary for Cultural Affairs according to the treaty of Franco-German cooperation. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe paid a visit to the École de Gaulle-Adenauer, whence Édouard Philippe received his baccalaureate. Later in the evening the French delegation travelled to Cologne…

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General Assembly elects Judge Yusuf Aksar of Turkey as Mechanism Judge

Arusha, The Hague, 7 January 2019 – On Friday, 21 December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) elected Judge Yusuf Aksar of Turkey to the judicial roster of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism). Judge Aksar has been a Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration since 2016 and an ad hoc Judge of the European Court of Human Rights since 2015. He is also currently serving as a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Law of the Maltepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. Judge Aksar was elected following the vacancies on the Mechanism’s judicial roster created…

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The Hague International Center

                            The Hague International Center launched a new website: www.thehagueinternationalcentre.nl. From arranging your formalities to interesting news articles and from exciting events to information about international schools: you will find it all on the new website. Information, news and events The website offers information on everything you need to know when working and/or living in The Hague region. Think of topics such as healthcare, education, residence permits and municipal services. And if you want to blend in with the locals and feel more at home in The…

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Brazil to forfeit globalism 

On the picture Ernesto Araújo – Picture by Valter Campanato, Agência Brasil. 1 January 2019, Brasilia, Federative Republic of Brazil: Brazilian new Foreign Minister Ernesto Araújo explained before the press that his country would revert to its former, less globalist policies and support those fighting against “tyranny” in Venezuela. “At the United Nations, Brazil would no longer serve the interests of international non-governmental organizations”, he uttered in an allocution made after being sworn in office. Araujo’s thoughts on international relations mark an abrupt break from Brazil’s traditional conciliatory stances. Araújo said it was time for Brazilians to focus on patriotism and be…

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Minister Atamkulov takes reins of the Kazakh MOFA

Wednesday, 26 December 2018, Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan. By presidential decree, H.E. Mr. Beibut Atamkulov was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prior to the appointment, he served as the Minister of Defence and Aerospace Industry. Minister Atamkulov served in the Kazakh diplomatic service in Russia, Tehran, Frankfurt (General Consul) as well as Malaysia as ambassador. Beibut Atamkulov was appointed due to his significant expertise in the trade and financial sectors aiming at augmenting Kazakhstan’s economic diplomacy outreach. For further information: http://mfa.gov.kz/en/content-view/biografiya-ministra

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Violence is not an option, Prosecutor Bensouda Statement on violence DRC

Statement by the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on the recent pre-election violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo The Congolese people will be going to the polls to partake in the presidential, legislative and provincial elections. As they do, I am concerned by the growing tensions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“DRC”) and the risk of escalating violence that could lead to the commission of grave crimes under the jurisdiction of the InternationalCriminal Court (the “ICC” or the “Court”). The DRC is a State Party to the ICC. This Court was created to prosecute…

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Dutch Royal Couple to visit Bremen

Grand coat-of-arms of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen . Friday, 21 December 2018, The Hague, Kingdom of the Netherlands: The Dutch Royal Household announced a working visit scheduled to take place on Wednesday, 6 March 2019, from Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands to the Free Hanseatic City-State of Bremen in Germany. They shall be accompanied by Minister of International Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag. Minister Kaag shall simultaneously lead an economic mission in the fields of space travel and wind energies on the sea. Bremen is a host to various reputable enterprises and…

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